Getting the Facts About Toothbrushes

Getting the Facts About Toothbrushes

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Getting the Facts About Toothbrushes
By: Windell OskayCC BY 2.0

Toothbrushes are your trusty tool in good oral care.  You need a good toothbrush to keep your teeth healthy and clean. Toothbrushes have advanced with the times to include such options as electric toothbrushes, but they still all serve one main purpose: to help you brush your teeth. How much do you know about toothbrushes?

 How to Choose a Toothbrush

 A soft-bristled brush (marked on packages as “soft” or “soft head”) is the best at plaque removal. Removing plaque is important because build-up can lead to gum inflammation, cavities and bad breath.  If you brush your teeth with a lot of pressure, you can actually damage and irritated your gums, enamel and root surface of your teeth when using a medium or hard-bristled toothbrush.

You may choose a toothbrush made with your favorite color, but do not neglect other important factors. You want a toothbrush that is easy for you to use, so you may consider buying one with a good rubber grip and that’s big enough for you to hold easily.   As for size of a toothbrush head, larger is not always better when it comes to toothbrushes! The larger the size of the toothbrush head, the harder it will be to move around in your mouth to the harder-to-reach teeth.  Experts recommend choosing a toothbrush head measuring near a half an inch wide and one inch tall.   After brushing, always shake your toothbrush vigorously of any excess water then let it air dry so bacteria does not grow on the wet bristles.

 Let’s Get Electric

 If you want to consider getting an electric toothbrush, be sure you use the same criteria as a manual toothbrush. Do not just get one with a lot of flashy looking parts, but get one that is durable and functional. You should generally choose a soft round option when it comes to electric toothbrushes.  Dental experts like electric toothbrushes because they help you easily clean each tooth thoroughly, however, some heads of the electric toothbrushes are differently-sized than manual toothbrushes. It may take you a few days to get acclimated to this change. The most important thing to remember is no matter the toothbrush you choose, be sure you choose one that works with you and your mouth to give the best teeth cleaning possible.

When You Should Replace Your Toothbrush

 You probably hold on to your toothbrush way too long. It may be bitten or missing half of its bristles, but you’re used to it, and so you keep using it.  Experts recommend you change your toothbrush at least every three months, if you are using a manual toothbrush. Your electric toothbrush’s manual should state when replacement heads are needed.

 Indicators It’s Time to Replace Your Toothbrush

  • When you’re sick – Toothbrushes can harbor germs, fungi and bacteria, so you should replace your toothbrush when you’re ill so you are not reinfecting yourself
  • When three months has passed – This is applicable to manual toothbrushes only
  • When you have a sore throat – This can be an indication of strep throat and you need to get a new toothbrush as soon as possible, so you do not keep reinfecting yourself via your toothbrush

Using these helpful tips when it comes to your toothbrush can go a long way towards great dental health. Toothbrushes are a needed necessity when it comes to your health and you should always be sure your mouth is using the best tool possible.